As per a new report, Apple is working on two new Mac Pro desktop computers, a major redesign for iMac all-in-one desktops, and a cheaper external monitor.
This is part of Apple’s major transition from Intel to Apple Silicon, which has been off a spectacular start with M1 chip-based MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Even though the performance of these products rival those of high-end workstations, these are still entry-level products compared to the likes of high-end MacBook Pro, iMac desktops, and Mac Pro workstations. As it turns out, Apple has big plans for them.
Apple will completely revamp its desktop Mac line-up in 2021
iMac’s biggest redesign in a decade, inspired by Pro Display XDR
For iMac, one of the company’s most iconic computers, Apple is working on its biggest redesign in almost a decade. iMac will get thinner bezels around its display, including a smaller chin, and a flatter design resembling that of Apple’s Pro Display XDR display. The iMacs will ship in two sizes, which will replace the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, however, it is unclear if the display sizes would change because of thinner bezels.
The new iMacs are expected to be powered by Apple Silicon with 20-core chips.
Two new Mac Pro models, one with a G4 Cube-like design
Apple is also working on two new models of its Mac Pro desktop workstation. The first one will be an iterative update to the existing Mac Pro design, which was just released last year. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to continue using Intel processors for this model, instead of its own Apple Silicon chips. The reason might be that its workstation-class chips might not be ready, or up to the performance required from these Macs.
Apple is also working on another Mac Pro model, which will definitely use Apple Silicon chips. It will be half the size of the current Mac Pro, and will have a design similar to the Power Mac G4 Cube, which was launched in 2000 and discontinued within a year. Despite its flaws, G4 Cube was a beautiful computer, and perhaps Apple could apply some learnings from 20 years ago to its new Mac Pro.
This could be the Mac Pro with a 32-core Apple Silicon chip that was reported last month.
Apple’s cheaper external display
As part of the new updates, Apple is also working on a ‘cheaper’ consumer-focused external monitor. Customers have long demanded that Apple make a cheaper monitor, but the company did not pay much attention after it discounted its aging Thunderbolt Display in 2016. In the past, Apple has been known to make some of the best external displays in the industry, and it will delight customers to know that the company plans to make new cheaper displays again.
Bloomberg has not revealed a lot of information on the new display, however, it will be cheaper and will sell alongside Pro Display XDR.